Angélica R. Wind, JD
Angelica was born to migrant farm workers who eventually settled in NC. From a young age, she witnessed injustices in the farm worker community that instilled in her a high sense of commitment to the struggle for social justice. She has been involved in several social justice movements that include immigrant rights, women’s reproductive rights, and gender equality. Prior to joining, Our VOICE, Angélica worked at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence as their Immigrant Outreach Specialist and Pisgah Legal Services as their Bilingual Court Advocate.Angélica has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Science from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina and a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She currently lives in Asheville with her wonderful husband and their beautiful daughter.
Lynn has worked in non-profit fundraising and events for many years as a volunteer. She is honored to be able to now use this experience to serve Our VOICE, an organization that embodies her deep concern for addressing and preventing sexual violence in all its forms. Many years ago Lynn earned a B.A. and M.S. in Art History and an M.L.I.S in Library and Information Science. These days, in her free time Lynn enjoys spending her time with family and friends and making all sorts of arts and crafts.
Dearing Davis, LCSW
Dearing began as the bilingual counselor with Our VOICE in the Spring of 2013, bringing with her many years of experience working in non-profit organizations promoting social justice. Her professional career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica where she cultivated and deepened her passion for Latino culture and the Spanish language. During her graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Dearing had the honor of working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. After graduating with a Master of Science in Social Work, she went on to work with children and their families in a bilingual school population. Dearing is credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She loves partnering with individuals through counseling and experiencing the hope and change that comes through the process. In her free time she enjoys hiking, spending time with family and friends, and creating pottery.
Heather relocated to the Blue Ridge Mountains from the Sunshine State in 2014. Prior to joining Our VOICE she obtained a B.A. in Criminology and Law from the University of Florida, and her M.S. in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University. Her passion for social justice, women’s rights, and equality for all courses deep through her veins inspiring her personally, academically, and professionally. In her professional capacity Heather has had the honor to work with survivors of domestic, sexual, and child abuse, in addition to provide prevention, intervention, and awareness education on issues pertaining to LGBTQ youth and the Genocide in Chihuahua, Mexico. On a personal level Heather is currently working to continue her education in efforts to become a licensed therapist. She enjoys studying the enneagram, reading, movies, music, authentic connections, exploring the mecca of cultural inclusion that Asheville has to offer, self-compassion, and spiritual growth.
Melanie Gordon-Calabrese, LPC
Melanie has been volunteering with Our VOICE since 2005 and is excited to be part of the staff. She has been working with social justice issues in a variety of ways since a young age and feels lucky to able to work with an organization that promotes her core values and beliefs. She is continually inspired by the healing and empowerment she witnesses from clients on a daily basis. Melanie received her BA in Gender Studies from Simon’s Rock College of Bard and her Master’s in Community Counseling from Western Carolina University.
Leah Rubinsky, MA
Prevention Education Coordinator
With a Master’s in Women’s Health, Leah comes to Our Voice from a career path centered on violence prevention and community empowerment. She began her work in the field as a bilingual domestic violence / sexual assault advocate in Boston as well as in New Mexico and South Dakota. She has developed a solid background working with youth on violence prevention and empowerment through many opportunities such as her work promoting girls’ education in rural Senegal, working with girls’ empowerment through climbing programs in Boston and working with adolescents in wilderness therapy who have experienced trauma. Being passionate about the primary prevention of sexual violence, she is extremely excited to be developing and facilitating innovative and dynamic classes, workshops, curricula, programming and much more for our communities in Buncombe County. She loves rock climbing, music playing, exploring, and her two beautiful pups Gus and New Year.
Client Services Coordinator
Stefanie graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina with a degree in Psychology and minors in Women’s Studies and Spanish. While living in Boone, Stefanie volunteered at a domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy organization. It was there that she recognized the need for bilingual speakers in the social work related fields. Stefanie also recognizes the enduring struggles of many women in the United States and around the world related to sexual violence and gender equality. Working at Our VOICE has given her the amazing opportunity to pursue both passions together. In her spare time, Stefanie enjoys cooking, hiking, movies, and music.
Gus, Certified Therapy Dog
Gus is a four year old black lab-husky mix who has spent his whole life working in wilderness therapy with troubled teens. He is excited (as indicated by rapid tail wagging) to support Our VOICE clients that may need a calming presence. He enjoys long walks on the beach, treats, belly-rubs, and helping those in need.